A month has passed since the beginning of the new academic year. Many students have not only started and adapted to the new course but are also prepared to get a huge pile of homework for the summer vacations.
However, this is not the case for all students. The sixth-grade students at the government schools in the federal capital have not even received the updated course books yet.
In compliance with the Article 25-A, the students up to class 10 enrolled in federal schools operating under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are entitled to receive free course books.
However, the provision of textbooks to grade six students has been delayed for a month, as the session started on April 1. The absence of course books is creating trouble for both teachers and students.
The teachers and the educational management fears that the delay will hurt the students and they will be delayed on the educational calendar making it hard to complete the course by the end of the year.
Amid the delays in the printing of new books, the education officials have decided to teach the old syllabus in class seven and eight this year. They will switch to the new curriculum in the next year.
FDE Training and Examination Director, Saadia Adnan, said that the department will send the digital version of books containing new curriculum to the education ministry on Monday for approval.
The National Book Foundation has assured that it will print and supply the required number of books within a week after getting approval from the ministry.
FDE Employees Call for Strike
Meanwhile, the teaching and non-teaching daily-wage FDE employees have announced a strike. They opine that the government has not implemented the orders of the Supreme Court to regularize them.
The staffers say that the apex court directed the government to regularize them in June 2018. But the orders still await approval. They have announced to boycott all the curricular and non-curricular activities in federal educational institutions.